AHMEDPUR EAST/SIALKOT/SARGODHA/BUREWALA/VEHARI/ MANDI BAHAUDDIN/HAFIZABAD/GUJRANWALA-The lawyers, journalists and common public condemned and observed strike against the brutal killing of black coats, media persons and others in the ghastly Quetta bomb attack which left at least 73 dead and over 100 injured on Monday.

The lawyers boycotted the courts in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur. Wearing black arm bandages, they took out protest rallies and held protest demonstrations.

The district and tehsil bar associations unanimously passed the several condemnation resolutions. They boycotted the local courts as a mark of protest against massacre of lawyers, innocent people and target killing of Balochistan High Court Association President Bilal Anwar Kansi in Quetta. In a meeting of TBA chaired by its President Nazar Hussein Aslam, the bar strongly condemned the attack which is one of the worst massacres took place in Balochistan.

Speakers said that the lawyers were at the forefront of a campaign demanding the government to take effective action against those involved in terrorist activities. During the recent months, there had been constant acts of violence disturbing the peace and stability in the area.

They termed the attack one of the worst massacres which took place in Balochistan. TBA President Nazar Hussein while addressing the meeting said that prior to the attack there had been calls on the government to play a more positive role in suppressing terrorism in the area.

He stated that the government had failed to protect the people and maintain the rule of law. He urged the lawyers from around the world to raise the issue of killing of the lawyers and show their solidarity with the beleaguered community that is punished for saving the constitutional rights of the people. The meeting also offered Fateha for the departed souls.

Sargodha District Bar Association President Khudadad Kalyar and other office-bearers during a condolence reference which had been held at bar room expressed their heartfelt condolence with the bereaved families. The speakers demanded the government should bring the perpetrators to the book.

In Mandi Bahauddin, the Anti Corruption Movement (ACM) held a meeting which condemned Quetta suicide bombing at Government Hospital that claimed 73 lives and injured 108 others, most of them lawyers.

The participants expressed deep grief and sorrow over such great number of deaths, and showed solidarity with heirs of the victims. The meeting observed that government completely failed to protect life and property of the citizens.

They said that terrorism, organised crime and corruption continue in the country unabated with impunity. It appears corrupt and terrorist mafia is stronger than government, they said. Unfortunately, the ruling class comprises a few families and all the government machinery and security forces are practically deployed to protect them, they said. However, the security and welfare of the public is not on their agenda, they regretted.

The rulers and their agents in districts across the country have full control over police and bureaucrats. However, police implicate innocent persons in false cases and when these persons bow before the agents of rulers the police set them free, they said.

As there is no justice, the people are passing life under constant fear, despair and poverty and law and order situation is not being seen improving, they noted. The officials of government and judiciary are either incompetent to perform or they are intentionally ignoring to administer social and economic justice in the society, they said.

They were of the opinion that people have lost trust in government institutions. Some of the participants said that corrupt leaders and government officials are so powerful that no institution has the courage to take them to task. They said statements made by rulers to fight and control corruption are never followed by action and people continue suffering under the corrupted government.

Likewise, the Electronic Media Reporters Association (EMRA) of Vehari staged a protest demonstration and took out a rally against the brutal act of terrorism in Quetta. Waheed Ahmed Bhatti, president of EMRA, and other office-bearers led the protest rally.

The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-terrorists slogans. They urged the government to expose those conspiring against the country. Speaking on the occasion, the protestors said that the government should not remain silent on the terrorist activities. They said that government should redefine its policies and form and effective strategy to fight terrorism.

Advocate Waseem Joyia demanded stringent security for the the lawyers and the masses.

Ex-president DBA Sher Bahadur and Advocate Asim Rajab Chishti also addressed the rally and demanded a stern action against the responsible persons. Irshad Hussain, president of Traders’ Alliance, and Nosheen Malik, the chairperson of Real Hope Foundation, were also present.

Also Burewala lawyers boycotted the courts proceedings and held a special condolence reference at the bar room with Bar President Javed Shaheen in the chair where the office-bearers and members offered Fateha for the martyrs.

They expressed resentment over the tragic incident of Quetta and termed it brutal act of the terrorists to kill the innocent people. They demanded the government should take action against the terrorists and their facilitators who played havoc in the country.

In Gujranwala, the funeral in absentia for the martyrs of Quetta suicide attack was held here at Sessions Court Gujranwala. Sessions judge Habib Ullah Amir, a large number of lawyers and citizens attended the funeral in absentia. The District Bar Association also observed strike and boycotted the court proceedings to protest the Quetta blast on Tuesday.

In Hafizabad, Gaibana Namaz-e-Janaza for the martyrs of Quetta catastrophe was held at district complex where DBA President Muhammad Farooq Khokhar, General Secretary Rai Waqar Ahmad, former general secretary Ch Amanullah Sandhu.

They strongly condemned the terrorists attack and expressed solidarity and sympathies with the aggrieved families. They said that the lawyers community in particular and the whole nation in general is stand like rock behind Pakistan Army and other LEAs to weed out terrorism from the country. Proceedings in the courts remained suspended on Tuesday.

Fateh Khawani was also held in Press Club Hafizabad for the soul of martyred journalists, lawyers and members of civil society. The journalists called upon the government to ensure adequate compensation to the members of the bereaved families. They also demanded tight security measures for the protection of journalists. The Apca members also arranged condolence meeting where fateh was offered for the martyres of the blast. Sunni Tehreek Divisional President Syed Muhammad Usman and other office-bearers also condemned the tragic incident in Quetta and expressed solidarity with the aggrieved families. They lauded the announcement of COAS Gen Raheel Sharif that the whole country would be combed through to eliminate terrorists.